Buzz Burwell to receive Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from Government of Japan

May 2, 2023

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner Henry M. “Buzz” Burwell will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, the government of Japan announced on April 29, 2023.

The award is given to those who have made great strides in the fields of international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare, or preservation of the environment, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta said.

Buzz Burwell, Secretary Richard W. Riley, Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta Mio Maeda; Neil Grayson, and Jay Rogers

Burwell is the founder and former chair of the Japan-America Association of South Carolina (JAASC), which he founded in 1988. His work as founder of the organization contributed to promotion of interregional exchange and a stronger understanding between Japan and the United States.

He has been active in the U.S. business and legal communities since the inception of his legal career and had the opportunity to return a Japanese ceremonial military flag in an international news ceremony in Tokyo in 2005 at the bequest for his father who took the surrender of the flag in 1945 in Chengdu, China where he flew as the group commander of the 27th Troop Carrier squadron under the Flying Tigers led by General Claire Chennault.

As a senior partner in the firm’s Greenville office, Burwell is co-leader of the International Practice Group. He is also a member of several practice groups including Defense Industries and Sanctions and is focused in the fields of automotive, aviation, business immigration, and customs and trade.


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